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Growing up and letting go – sporting your life vicariously

At 17 it’s come down to a battle of wills. Miss does not want to play club hockey this year. We already agreed that the representative competitions weren’t going to be a feature, it still  seems … Continue reading

February 20, 2012 · Leave a comment

Trying Teen Times – the grown up one – A New Car revisited.

Insert swearing word here, well insert a few. Seems that although superficially the new to you car was pretty tidy turns out it was just waiting to blow up. Firstly … Continue reading

February 12, 2012 · 1 Comment

Trying Teen Times – Part the Seventh – Getting your life back

not getting another cat, that would be a bit of a win. I’m sure we don’t want to become crazy pet people who substitute dogs or cats for kids and tie themselves with a badge of courage for doing so

January 22, 2012 · Leave a comment

Trying Teen Times – the grown up one – Part the Sixth – A New Car

Well we found a car, a very low mileage two owner Mazda Astina 1994 – which makes it only slightly younger that the #Boychild, and so we brought it.  It comes as … Continue reading

January 17, 2012 · Leave a comment

Trying Teen Times – the grown up one – Part the Fifth – Cars

A couple of years ago #Boychild wanted a car, and we made him save his hard-earned cash for one. It was only a ‘bomb’, and was never going to last … Continue reading

January 12, 2012 · 2 Comments

Trying Teen Times – the grown up one – Part the Fourth

but when he sits next to me with a gamestaionboy device I know he’s been more focussed on some qualification and experience in something that’ll do him no good and have no relevance in anything he wants to do in life.

December 28, 2011 · Leave a comment

Trying Teen Times – the grown up one- Part the Second

My son has had an epiphany, his moment of realisation, that bit as a teenager when you have a stream of consciousness, the outpouring of everything that you think you’ve done … Continue reading

November 9, 2011 · Leave a comment

Trying Teen Times – the grown up one

“That my son is not a plan it’s actually a bit of a nightmare”

November 5, 2011 · Leave a comment

Living your life vicariously – the sporting edition

And this is where it gets interesting since I’d like her to play to prove a point and to have some fun, and she is saying no

October 3, 2011 · Leave a comment

ECE a user pays choice, not altruism

Education funding cuts take toll on families Strikes me than that this is a bit of a cry wolf story. Sure it’s a ‘cost’ but it is subsidised by tax dollars, and … Continue reading

July 20, 2011 · Leave a comment

Pre Ball Pretty

We had a pre-ball thingy at our house, and all the dughters came with their mothers, and with one exceptions all the daughters were taller than the mothers, I kid … Continue reading

July 3, 2011 · Leave a comment


After the chop-shop (the hairdresser) I stopped at the Hockey to have a look at the umpiring skills of the daughter. After all it’s what a father does. Apparantly she … Continue reading

July 2, 2011 · Leave a comment

Bigging it up

Ms16 has finished school for the yet, and is merrily hanging out like a “gangsta” – her words not mine. Then she drops onto us that she’s going to a … Continue reading

December 1, 2010 · Leave a comment

Driving Miss Daisy

Ms16 was so excited that she demanded I take her for a driving lesson in the car. You can go miles in such a short space of time that it … Continue reading

November 17, 2010 · Leave a comment

The Birds and the bees.

It’s that time, actually it’s past that time, when as a father you have to face up to the fact that your daughter is in fact sexually mature. Not that … Continue reading

November 15, 2010 · Leave a comment

I Made good my bet

I had, on reflection, a rather daft bet with Ms16 (then 15) about her ability to score a goal in hockey. As a “back” I was confident that I’d manage … Continue reading

November 14, 2010 · Leave a comment

Keeping up with the kids

It’s a bit like living your live vicariously, but there is an awful amount of herding and shepherding going on at the moment with the daughter. You’ll know, or you … Continue reading

March 17, 2010 · Leave a comment

Having one of each, children that is.

Seriously I have one of each. Children that is. In many ways! Eldest is a boy, youngest therefore a girl – not rocket surgery there then Boy is a rather … Continue reading

October 14, 2009 · Leave a comment

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